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1:40 pm, October 30, 2014

Congressional Spotlight

House postpones vote on short-term spending bill

House Republican leaders are postponing a vote on a short-term spending bill as they weigh President Barack Obama's request for the authority to train and equip Syrian rebels battling Islamic State militants.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:48pm EDT

IGs accuse agencies of stonewalling

Agencies are creating roadblocks for auditors, three inspectors general told Congress. The IGs cited specific examples at the Peace Corps, Environmental Protection Agency, Chemical Safety Board and the Justice Department.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 12:36pm EDT

Rep. Cuellar pushing for agencies to link performance, budget

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said he put provisions in the fiscal 2015 spending bills that build upon the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act in linking agency metrics to its budget request. He also added a provision that requires agencies to set customer service standards.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 05:34am EDT
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House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority

House Republicans moved Tuesday to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:00pm EDT

Federal whistleblowers face 'best and worst' of times, expert says

Tom Devine of the Government Accountability Project told a House subcommittee Tuesday that some agencies are circumventing the protections provided by the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 06:09pm EDT

Julian Hattem, Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

Nobody likes Congress, at least that's the conventional wisdom. One group of people especially peeved these days is technology executives. Many of those in Silicon Valley have opened their wallets to politicians. But they don't like the legislation, or lack of legislation, they're getting. Julian Hattem, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 10:08am EDT
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David Hawkings, Senior Editor, Roll Call

The pressure to get a deal done to prevent another government shutdown is already on Congress as it comes back from summer recess today. It looks like they won't waste any time getting down to business. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On his blog "Hawkings Here" and on In Depth with Francis Rose, David said he's watching the continuing resolution negotiations and the richest members of Congress.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:30pm EDT
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Dick Stieglitz, Former Director, McDonnell Douglas Corporation

For the next two weeks, the news media spotlight will focus on Congress and its plan to avoid another government shutdown at the end of September. But the bad publicity spotlight is always ready to zero in on bad news from your agency. Dick Stieglitz is former director of defense consulting for McDonnell Douglas. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a list of bad signs to watch out for that could potentially throw your agency into the bad publicity spotlight.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:54pm EDT
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Poll: Public confidence in federal workforce rebounds after shutdown

A new George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that nearly three-quarters of registered voters surveyed said they had either "a lot" of respect or "some" confidence in civilian federal workers.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 03:26pm EDT

A fed's guide to the congressional blitz ahead

Will Congress pass a continuing resolution? Will Republicans try to block a 1 percent pay raise for feds? Federal News Radio tells you what to watch for as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill for a busy two weeks.

Monday - 09/08/2014, 04:00am EDT
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Are you eligible for phased retirement?

FederalNewsRadio.com writer/editor Shefali Kapadia joins host Mike Causey to talk about phased retirement, and Jenny Mattingley, director of Government Affairs at the law firm Shaw, Bransford & Roth will discuss the upcoming federal pay raise and the possibility of a government shutdown.
September 3, 2014

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:57pm EDT

Scott Wong, Senior Staff Writer, The Hill Newspaper

While most of Washington returns to the traditional fall schedule, Congress won't return for another week. When members do get back, they won't have much time to get any budget work done before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Senior Staff Writer for the Hill Newspaper Scott Wong spoke to Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about what Congress is likely to do.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 07:06am EDT
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Obama calls for 1 percent pay increase for feds starting Jan. 1

President Barack Obama called for a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees Friday to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Congress still has the ability to block the increase when members return to work Sept. 8.

Friday - 08/29/2014, 06:13pm EDT

OMB to Congress: Fix 2015 budget to avoid return of limited sequester

The White House sends its annual report to Congress outlining the cuts to discretionary spending next year. DoD, Energy and the FBI would face an extra $34 million cut to reach Budget Control Act cap levels if the Senate's spending bills become law.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:58pm EDT

Tester targets tax-delinquent Defense contractors

Lawmaker asks National Security Director James Clapper to take action against the tax- delinquents and inform them that their potentially harmful financial behaviors put the nation's security at risk.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 04:18pm EDT

Rep. Issa slams Labor for frivolous spending on posters, mascots

In a letter sent to Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Monday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) slams Labor's Office of Public Affairs for "frivolously" spending money on public relations contests, mascots and book clubs.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 09:31am EDT

Congress returns: Tanned, rested and ready to rest some more ...

Members of Congress are returning to Capitol Hill with a full plate of issues to resolve, namely a Continuing Resolution to fend off a potential government shutdown. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says they better hop to before they head out on the campaign trail.

Wednesday - 08/27/2014, 02:00am EDT

Kristina Wong, Staff Writer, The Hill

The Obama administration is widening the assault on the Islamic State bit by bit. Pressure is mounting as the highly organized terror group takes over more and more territory. Kristina Wong, staff writer at the Hill Newspaper, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive for a situation report.

Tuesday - 08/26/2014, 09:22am EDT
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Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Wikipedia, for all its faults, is supposed to give fair and unbiased information. Only objective experts are supposed to have access to its articles for editing. So, why would someone want congressional staff members to come anywhere near Wikipedia? Cato Institute Senior Fellow Jim Harper joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with a list of good reasons.

Thursday - 08/21/2014, 01:52pm EDT
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Some lawmakers growing more receptive to BRAC

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, says shrinking forces won't be enough to match sequestration-level budgets.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:39am EDT
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